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Foundations of the Law
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Hankey, Roy
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The figures represent the legal traditions upon which America was founded: Mosaic Law, left, with Moses standing over a broken calf (the Judeo-Christian heritage); the Magna Carta, center, with a 13th century knight standing above a castle (English Common Law), and the Declaration of Independence, right, with Thomas Jefferson standing over a ship.; The $24,000,000 building, designed to last approximately 250 years, is an imposing two-block-long structure. U.S. Chief Justice Warren broke ground for the building on March 26, 1954, and was again on hand October 31, 1958 when the edifice was dedicated. Italian marble covers most of the walls and the 850,000 square feet of floor space, along with more than 50,000 cubic yards of concrete. The structure is actually two buildings, with a 6-inch space between the east side, which will be used by the superior courts, and the west side, which will be devoted to the municipal courts. The building is six stories high, but the municipal court side, with its foundations at a higher level, rises three stories above the more massive superior court end. The structure was designed by a corporation of associate architects: J.E. Stanton, Paul Williams, Adrian Wilson and Austin, Field & Fry. The County Courthouse officially began functioning at 9:00 am January 5, 1959. California artist Donal Hord designed the bas-relief over the Hill Street entrance depicting Justice.
Looking east across Grand Avenue towards the Los Angeles County Courthouse (later renamed the Stanley Mosk Courthouse) showing the ""Foundations of the Law"" terra cotta figures by Albert Stewart, March 1981.
1 slide : color ; 5x5 cm.
Photographic color slides
Roy Hankey Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
Moses--(Biblical leader)--Art
Jefferson, Thomas,--1743-1826--Art
Magna Carta--Art
Los Angeles County Courthouse (Los Angeles, Calif. : 1958-)
Civic centers
Public buildings
Flags--United States
Grand Avenue (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Stewart, Albert,1900-1965
Stanton, J. E
Wilson, Adrian
Williams, Paul R.,--1894-1980
Austin, Field & Fry
Time Period
Hankey, Roy.

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